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Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is distinguished by its dark profile and deep, decadent flavors, representative of the cool vintage. Aromas of black plums and cherry pie are elevated by layers of spice cake and caramelized vanilla. Boysenberry jam introduces the palate, supported by black fruit and swirls of rich cocoa. Barrel influence is evident in the complex structure and toasty spices that accompany the dark chocolaty tannins into a long, lively finish. This wine makes a fine accompaniment to braised short ribs or pasta carbonara.

Sterling Vineyards:
Our iconic winery is perched high above the town of Calistoga on a mid-valley hill. Its stark architectural beauty, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and panoramic views of Napa Valley from the rooftop deck have attracted visitors from all 50 states for over 30 years.

External Reviews for Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
02/14/2013

Well-structured and elegant with full flavor and great balance at the same time. Dark berry cassis anise and smoke are prominent in the complex array of flavors. Drink with lamb chops or pork roast.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
09/10/2011

The Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot is a clear ruby color with aromas of ripe blackberry, jammy red fruit, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. On the palate are flavors of rich black fruits; ripe black cherries, blackberries and a lingering finish of fine grain tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/08/2013

Well-structured and elegant, with full flavor and great balance at the same time. Dark berry, cassis, anise and smoke are prominent in the complex array of flavors. Drink with lamb chops or pork roast. Food pairing: red meats Flavor type: traditional Body type: medium-full Finish: elegant


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Structure, rather than richness, stars in this wine that is based on Cabernet but contains other classic Bordeaux varieties, plus a splash of Syrah. The tannins provide the architecture, and the acidity gives zest to the flavors, which could use more concentration.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
10/07/2011

The Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot combines the classic offerings of this varietal in a smooth, complex, fruit-intensive style. Bright aromas of black cherry and plum hold through the senses as they join ripe, chewy tannins on the palate. The fruit is complemented by ample caramel, mocha and toasty oak from extensive aging in new American oak barrels. With layered depths and silky body, this versatile wine is appropriate for many occasions, as a stand-alone sipper or paired with a variety of dishes, including roasted chicken, pasta or pork.


External Review
04/24/2013

Well-structured and elegant, with full flavor and great balance at the same time. Dark berry, cassis, anise and smoke are prominent in the complex array of flavors. Drink with lamb chops or pork roast.


External Review
01/24/2012

The rich, distinctive character of Napa Valley abounds in our 2009 Napa Valley Merlot. Dark raspberry-truffle aromas take the lead, followed by glints of hibiscus and clove. Velvety smooth, the palate has a juicy pomegranate-blueberry character wrapped in sweet oak and baking spices. The fruit flows through the lengthy finish, laden with brambly berries and accented by licorice root. Showcasing the season's long hangtimes, the wine has a robust texture and complex structure that make it a perfect match for roasted meats, fall risottos or hearty pastas. - WineryVarietal Composition:82% Merlot5% Cabernet Franc4% Cabernet Sauvignon3% Zinfandel6% other varietalsBarrel Aging: 14 monthsAppellation: Napa ValleyAlcohol: 14.4%Acidity: 6.2 g/LpH: 3.55Ageability: 2011 to 2015


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Our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is distinguished by its dark profile and deep, decadent flavors, representative of the cool vintage. Aromas of black plums and cherry pie are elevated by layers of spice cake and caramelized vanilla. Boysenberry jam introduces the palate, supported by black fruit and swirls of rich cocoa. Barrel influence is evident in the complex structure and toasty spices that accompany the dark chocolaty tannins into a long, lively finish. This wine makes a fine accompaniment to braised short ribs or pasta carbonara.

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